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post #41 of 58
GO SPRINT!!!!
anyone who disagrees needs to take economics 101!!!

Look up the term "price fixing." These companies are going to not only raise prices but set back technology. Look how far we have come in the last 4 years from a Mobil stand point. Do we really want to slow that down.

This is the type of thing At&T will be thinking:
"Why spend millions developing new hardware if you don't have to?"

I have Verizon but I hope SPRINT can get the FCC to see the light.
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I have verizon, its the only carrier that has coverage where I live.. other people need to go outside or upstairs for at&t or t mobile to work.

i hope this isn't allowed to happen, wasn't there another company that merged with at&t awhile ago? they had a orange logo..?
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post
That's nice and all, but what is Sprint really even doing for customers? They've got the least amount of viable handsets, their customer service is atrocious. You want better competition? MAKE IT.

Not to say that I'm for this merger. I'm on AT&T and I sure as hell don't want them taking over the only other major GSM network. It would be bad for everyone. There wouldn't be a need for either AT&T or TMobile to compete price-wise, handset-wise, or customer-service wise since there would be no TMobile. AT&T could get away with highway robbery.

The next question is, what do we, as consumers, and as Americans, do to stop this from happening?
I'm absolutely loving my $25/month voice and unlimited data/text plan through Virgin Mobile (owned by Sprint). Coverage where I am is impeccable, and data has been nothing short of stellar for me. I went to VM to get away from AT&T, because it has been doing nothing but pocketing record profits since before 2008 (despite the economic down-turn), and instead of investing that money into expanding their mobile network, having better voice and data access, they have kept the profits, raised prices on data plans, cut back on allowed data usage, imposed caps on data plans, and imposed mandatory data plans for anyone that wants to use a "smartphone" on their network, despite having purchased that phone at full retail from a 3rd party. And now they want to buy out one of the few competitors they have?

What do we do? You can write to the FCC, write to congressmen, not use AT&T service, etc. I have faith that the FCC will not allow the purchase to go through, though there have been similar situations in the past that the FCC allowed, so who knows.

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I have verizon, its the only carrier that has coverage where I live.. other people need to go outside or upstairs for at&t or t mobile to work.

i hope this isn't allowed to happen, wasn't there another company that merged with at&t awhile ago? they had a orange logo..?
Cingular--they're who I started with back in the day. Then AT&T bought them, along with SBC, and now AT&T has become close to a superpower in the telecom industry in the US. Something really needs to happen...
    
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I doubt att would be willing to risk having to pay 3billion, if there wasn't a pretty good chance that the fcc would let the deal go through.

Sprint was in talks to buy T-mobile, and earlier it sounded like the deal might go through, but they couldn't pay as much as att. I guess att should be able to afford to pay more since the network is already compatible with their phones.
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this isn't allowed to happen, wasn't there another company that merged with at&t awhile ago? they had a orange logo..?
Cingular. They first acquired ATT Wireless around 2003 or 2004 and then got bought out a few years later, bringing the entire company back to the AT&T name. I remember my phones during that time always having a different logo for a while
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I used to be on the Sprint network a few years back. The coverage was great and the service was awesome. Had no issues at all, even gave me free minutes if I went over. No extra charges.

Then I moved to ATT because of work. Ass backwards customer service and very spotty network. Man they used to piss me off. We finally got a couple new towers and 3G. Things have become a little better.

I am in need of a mobile hotspot, thats not my iPhone. Verizon has LTE with terrible caps (will start capping the data plan for phones), ATT has terrible caps (phone is currently on unlimited, will have to change if I wanted tethering), Sprint has unlimited WiMax (spotty coverage). Not really a good choice to make.

Seems like the merger would bring higher prices and smaller caps.
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post #47 of 58
I use T-Mobile and I'm against it. More companies = more competition. More competition means more for the consumer.

On a side note, should this deal not go through, one of the managers at the store I go to said AT&T will lose 3 billion or something.
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Cingular--they're who I started with back in the day. Then AT&T bought them, along with SBC, and now AT&T has become close to a superpower in the telecom industry in the US. Something really needs to happen...
Sorry to be a **** but SBC bought out AT&T and just re-branded as AT&T Inc. and soon after AT&T Inc. bought BellSouth. Technically this is all that what used to be a small company SBC's fault. Before that happened the "original" AT&T bought Cingular from SBC and BellSouth. My head's spinning thinking about this whole rigmarole...

Ironic how SBC the subsidiary bought out it's parent company!

I don't know for sure but I don't think AT&T will rid the T-Mobile brand. I assumed that they would just reap the profits and let T-Mobile do it's thing. Or Maybe they'll do what Verizon does -- leave the Alltel name in the smaller town areas (I saw an Alltel store in Mt. Vernon, IL ) still allowing former Alltel customers to keep their plans if they wish. I do know that whole merger was a mess as well though.
Edited by mbp - 3/29/11 at 8:19pm
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can't believe these cell phone companies think they can charge the same fees for internet access that a land based ISP can. Verizon flows no where near the speed or amount of data that comcast or any other provider does, yet they think they can still charge $30 for internet access just like comcast does. It's a joke, it should be $10 a month AT MOST. Why pay $30 a month for shoddy speeds and slow downloads??? Yet verizon claims ""ZOOZOMMMGGG OUR NETWORK IS SUPPPER FASTT!!"
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If you guys want to get an idea of what we're in for if this sort of thing takes place look up the defunct company "Ma Bell"(Bell System). It was the mother company of AT&T before the government busted it into 8 pieces. Go ahead and try to find one positive thing the company did in the entirety of its existence. If this company hadn't been dissolved it's quite possible we wouldn't even have the internet yet.
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